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Warehousing and Distribution Services: Key Factors to Consider

by Administrator10. June 2014 11:08

 

The storage and organization of goods play key role in the supply chain. Services and prices may vary according to need and the agreed upon terms. Whether you are trying to manage seasonal stock or are dealing with an overflow of goods, there are three important questions to ask when you are in need of assistance with warehousing and distribution.

The first consideration is time. How long do you require the space? It may be that you will have continuous overflow and will need a long term agreement. Perhaps you only need to store your stock temporarily. This can be necessary when you are reorganizing your own space, or when your space has suffered property damage and must undergo a remodel. A warehouse that accommodates both short term and long term storage allows you the most flexibility.

The next piece of information relates to the type of services you require. Naturally, a well-run warehouse will keep your goods safe and secure. It is important that it have the storage requirements you need. That might mean refrigeration or deep freeze availability, or it may In addition, it may offer barcoding, labeling and sorting. Distribution services may include consolidation of product and retail routing. Warehouses equipped with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) facilitate the sharing of purchasing orders, invoices and shipping notices.

If the warehouse is a certified U.S. Customs bonded facility, you can store goods duty free according to customs regulations until they are ready for re-export or distribution. In the United States, this can be up to five years.

Another critical thing to know is whether or not the warehouse is part of a regional network. For example, if you are interested in an ongoing route of distribution within a 500 mile area, it helps to be working with warehouse facilities that communicate with one another and operate together.

Warehousing and distribution are essential business components to manufacturing and retail. A dependable and service-oriented warehouse and distribution facility helps keep your business efficient and profitable.

 

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Choose a Bonded Warehouse in California for More Supply Chain Flexibility

by Administrator24. April 2014 15:29

 

If you are interested in storing a certain amount of taxable goods in California while you get them ready for retail, you may want to avail yourself of a bonded warehouse. This will allow you to keep your goods in safe storage for a period of time without paying taxes on them. It is not too difficult to find a good bonded warehouse in California, and it can save you a good deal of money and anxiety.

A bonded warehouse in California may be run by the state or by a private company. When goods come under the auspices of the warehouse, you will enter into an agreement with the warehouse proprietor regarding liability. This bond ceases to hold once the goods have been exported, destroyed under the supervision of Customs officials, placed on a vessel that is making an international trip, or set aside for domestic purchase after appropriate taxes have been paid. While you are storing your goods within a bonded warehouse, you will have the opportunity to sort them, repack them, and manipulate them in various ways to get them ready for their intended market. You can also take advantage of specialized storage conditions within a warehouse, including deep freezing.

Bonded warehouses are a key component of a supply chain because they make the logistics of importing and exporting goods more flexible. Without such warehouses, taxes would need to be paid in full as soon as a delivery of goods arrived on U.S. soil. Although this seems workable in theory, businesses that import and export goods are not always ready to pay in full at the scheduled time of delivery. Therefore, bonded warehouses go a long way in facilitating international trade.

By renting space in a bonded warehouse in California, you will be able to pay duties on goods whenever you find it most convenient. Certain rules apply to the manipulation of goods stored in such warehouses, but on the whole it adds a great deal of flexibility to an enterprise.

 

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Green Pick & Pack Possibilities

by Administrator19. March 2014 15:40

As a continuous effort to create a more environmentally sustainable operation, here's a short and simple pick & pack infographic we have provided. Every little inch of sustainable effort helps!


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Effective Warehouse Space: Not a Luxury, but a Necessity

by Administrator5. February 2014 15:02

There are so many aspects of merchandise production, storage, transportation, and display that most consumers are unaware of. It is also true that there are many individual's who work hard to keep it that way. Most businesses only want consumers to think about the nice packaging and useful or pleasurable purposes of a product. Any other information is generally distracting.

However, behind the scenes there are entire industries that are global in scope and nature. These industries coordinate and facilitate the production of goods from an assortment of raw materials to an item on the shelf of your local department store. Though these industries are mostly kept behind-the-scenes, they play an integral role in the price and quality of the products you buy every day. From the trucking company used to ship the raw materials to the warehouse space used to store them, freight forwarders, logistical specialists, and supply chain managers work hard to fit the pieces of the puzzle together in order to form a picture that makes sense, looks good, and is cost-effective.

One of the many aspects of production that plays a large role in the process is the facilitation of storage. Most products spend a lot of time sitting in warehouse spacein one form or another. This means that the setup of an efficient and effective warehouse space is truly paramount to the efficiency and cost of the ending product. It would amaze many to see the information and technology that is now being integrated into these seemingly simple structures.

Complex computer systems used to track materials, powerful machinery to juggle the loads of merchandise, highly trained and educated specialists in order to orchestrate the entire process of storage. It is these components, combined with others, that make these industries a vibrant and exciting scene. The complexity of contemporary systems also serves to underscore the importance of a high quality company to facilitate these processes. Businesses need to do an adequate amount of research when looking to hire a supply chain manager, a logistics specialist, or another company to coordinate behind the scenes production.


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A Pick & Pack Perfect Business Booster

by Administrator5. February 2014 14:29

 

No matter the size of your business, you can save a lot of money through utilizing a pick & pack provider. If you ship product, you might notice your bottom line could benefit from reducing inefficiencies and maximizing our revenue. A third-party logistics provider can help you with your fulfillment processes.

Your supply chain management process involves a number of steps. The pick and pack portion is one of the most complex, as a business typically has to sort through product, find the relevant items a customer wants, repackage them and then ship them. A number of costs are associated with this piece, from renting warehouse space to paying carriers.

One of the biggest benefits of using a third-party provider is that they provide your company flexibility. Instead of renting a fixed amount of space for a fixed cost every year, you can save money through taking advantage of a company that will scale your pricing according to what you need. This means your business can purchase items in bulk to save money. If you have a seasonal business that sees spikes and slower times, you will benefit from only having to pay for the space that you actually use.

A pick & pack service provider also eliminates your need to hire and train customer service representatives who have to take orders. Instead, a logistics company has the staff who specialize in answering customer questions or troubleshooting issues. Lastly, you might notice you can reduce your expenses in the way of shipping costs. Most providers have relationships with carriers or get discounts because of the large volume of business they generate.

Through using a pick & pack provider, you will notice that your customers get the items they need in a quick, efficient manner. Additionally, your bottom line will look better because your fixed costs are reduced and your shipping costs are minimized. You can shop around different third-party companies to find one that meets your needs to help you grow your business.

 

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Types of Warehouse Space for Growing Businesses

by Administrator22. January 2014 14:18

 

These days, nearly everyone is familiar with warehouse space due to popular shops such as WinCo. We all know just how much their large interiors can store. As a business expands in its successes, it often also grows in size. Finding storage space is a dilemma faced by many companies of all different types. In such a situation, most businesses turn to warehouse space. These are highly useful when it comes to needing more storage space, and can be conveniently placed to send and receive orders from any location. Whatever your business needs may be, it is possible to find the perfect warehouse in which to store your products.

Depending on your main mode of shipping, your warehouse can be strategically placed near a seaport, rail station, airport, or wherever else it needs to be to efficiently receive orders. This helps to expedite the process and ensures they are delivered in a timely manner. For a large operation, often a warehouse space with a large number of loading docks to accommodate all trucks can be very useful. If your business is smaller, you may be able to save money on less space. It all comes down to what is best for your company.

Inside the warehouse, the system may vary. It is standard for items to be moved with cranes and forklifts, and stored on palettes in palette racks. Sometimes these systems are automated and inventory items are carried around on conveyor belts. One of the most used methods, however, is a pick and pack service. In this process, a staff member within the warehouse receives the order, then finds it within the warehouse. Another worker then packages and ships it.

Though other methods of storage and shipping may find popularity, warehouses are still necessary when it comes to long distance shipping. As your business grows in both success and reach, warehouse space can become indispensable. By both offering you a much larger storage space and bringing your products closer to your customers, this will help stabilize and improve your business, whatever it may be.


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Efficient Pick & Pack Process Optimizes Order Distribution

by Administrator8. January 2014 11:50

 

Managing a supply chain can be quite a laborious procedure. With so many steps involved, many companies find that keeping on top of distribution can be quite challenging. Fortunately, pick & pack procedures can streamline the supply chain process, allowing the selection and packaging of items to be completed with little error or lost time.

Pick & pack is usually accomplished within a company itself, although third party logistics providers can also step in to perform the task. It is a simple principle; a customer order comes into the place of business, relevant items are selected by employees, and once the order is completed, these items are then packaged in house and shipped out to customers. This process is usually beneficial thanks to how quickly orders can be filled and shipped. Instead of waiting for items to arrive and then be shipped out, all steps of the process can be taken care of in house, without any hold ups or shipping concerns.

For this process to be successful, it is crucial that a company undertakes well organized procedures. Technology often comes into play when putting together orders. By using things like electronic scanners, items can be identified quickly and easily, and therefore orders can be expedited much quicker than usual. This also helps in cutting back on mistaken items in a particular order by reducing human error during the order selection process.

Accompanying software is also useful when bringing together a particular order. This can reduce time spent on larger orders by clarifying exactly what sort of packing materials are necessary to adequately package orders for shipment. Without such software, compiling and shipping orders could become confusion, especially where larger orders are concerned.

For many companies, pick & pack is the preferred way to ship customer orders. Under the right circumstances, this process can vastly reduce customer error, as well as wait times associated with shipping. With the appropriate software and technology, these processes can greatly expedite orders, ensuring that customer satisfaction is always guaranteed.

 

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Importance of Effective Warehouse Space

by Administrator30. October 2013 11:38

 

There are so many aspects of merchandise production, storage, transportation, and display that most consumers are unaware of. It is also true that there are many individual's who work hard to keep it that way. Most businesses only want consumers to think about the nice packaging and useful or pleasurable purposes of a product. Any other information is generally distracting. However, behind the scenes there are entire industries that are global in scope and nature. These industries coordinate and facilitate the production of goods from an assortment of raw materials to an item on the shelf of your local department store.

Though these industries are mostly kept behind-the-scenes, they play an integral role in the price and quality of the products you buy every day. From the trucking company used to ship the raw materials to the warehouse space used to store them, freight forwarders, logistical specialists, and supply chain managers work hard to fit the pieces of the puzzle together in order to form a picture that makes sense, looks good, and is cost-effective.

One of the many aspects of production that plays a large role in the process is the facilitation of storage. Most products spend a lot of time sitting in warehouse spacein one form or another. This means that the setup of an efficient and effective warehouse space is truly paramount to the efficiency and cost of the ending product. It would amaze many to see the information and technology that is now being integrated into these seemingly simple structures.

Complex computer systems used to track materials, powerful machinery to juggle the loads of merchandise, highly trained and educated specialists in order to orchestrate the entire process of storage. These and other components make these industries a vibrant and exciting scene. The complexity of contemporary systems also serves to underscore the importance of a high quality company to facilitate these processes. Businesses need to do an adequate amount of research when looking to hire a supply chain manager, logistics specialist, or other company to coordinate behind the scenes production.


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Today's Demand for Pick Pack Logistics

by Administrator24. September 2013 10:35

 

Many companies require solutions for their warehousing and order fulfillment requirements. They need their orders to be picked up, packed and either stored or shipped to specific destinations. This is where pick pack logistics come in.

When there is a need for professional pick pack logistics and dispatching, companies should outsource these services. There area number of advantages why businesses should outsource the process of picking and packing boxes. The greatest advantage is that a business will invest its resources in their core competency when such services are outsourced.

Picking and packing shipments to customers is a very time consuming affair that can also be quite costly. The logistics include the rental of a warehouse, hiring of staff and having the ideal atmosphere to meet legal requirements as well as meet customer expectations. The business will also have to invest in computerization and software to help them meet the demands of customers.

Outsourcing all pick and pack needs to fulfillment services will eliminate such dilemmas. When businesses find a fulfillment service that has specializes in handing inventory and shipping, the business will save on the many costs of engaging in the activity. Professional fulfillment services are capable of handing everything you need to pick, pack and deliver your inventory in the right manner.

When you have a shipment, it is stored for you, organized and labeled correctly. This is done through automated inventory management. The order will be picked and packed and then the consignment will be shipped according to the instructions of your company. You can track the entire movement of your consignments because everything is recorded and you need not worry about anything.

Companies should not sped time buying or renting more warehousing space and investing in inventory management and tracking. Regardless of how large or small your shipment is, it will be picked and packed for you professionally. You can then relax and concentrate on other business activities that you have excel in.

Companies that want to drive revenue and achieve optimum returns on their investments know why pick and pack logistics services are essential. These services concentrate on finding ideal logistics solutions for their clients. Fulfillment services have helped many companies improve the image of their brand my concentrating on core business activities.

 

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Tips & Tricks for Choosing Warehouse Space

by Administrator18. September 2013 11:29

 

 

Many business owners see warehouse space as just a place to store their merchandise. However, a storage facility will be home to your merchandise until it reaches your store shelves. Instead of seeing the location as simply a storage facility, here are a few questions you should ask before choosing a home for your merchandise. The answers to these questions will determine what you should look for in a storage facility.

First, you should consider how much space you need. If you will you be storing large boxes, you will need to make sure the storage facility has enough room for a forklift and pallets. You will also need to make sure there is enough shelf space to hold your inventory. You should ask the logistics provider if you can move to a larger or smaller space if the size of your business changes.

Next, you should consider the storage environment. You should ensure the storage environment is climate controlled. The building will need air conditioning. If the building does not have air conditioning, humidity can damage your inventory. The building should also have vents to clear the air of dust from products and boxes. Also if the building is too hot, it can be a safety hazard for employees.

You should also consider utilities. You should ask yourself if you will use a portion of the storage facility for office space. If you will use the storage facility as an office, you should inquire about restrooms, utilities and temperature control. You will also need to ask the logistics provider about short and long-term leasing options.  

Lastly, you should ask the owner if the business meets all safety codes. You should also inquire about the safety of the neighborhood. You should ask the owner if there is anything that will prevent trucks from unloading packages quickly.

When you rent warehouse space, you free up office space. You make your workplace less cluttered. Your employees will be more productive.  Taking the time to consider these questions will help you find an ideal location at a reasonable price.  The company will appear larger and customers will be more ready to patronize the company.

 

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The Impact of Globalization on Logistics

by Administrator27. May 2015 11:10

The Impact of Globalization on Logistics | The Dependable Companies

 

As political and ideological borders are dissolving, the world is getting closer together. Trade barriers and custom duties are being dismantled while innovative communication and information are creating new possibilities. While the conditions for global trade and business have improved tremendously over the last 20 years, there are also new sets of risks and challenges to go along with the rising opportunities. 

New Challenges

Globalization doesn’t just create new opportunities for businesses across the world, it also creates new competitions in many sectors. While companies, even in their home markets, are feeling the heat of competition globally, their competitors are reaping the benefits of massive cost advantages due to factors such as lower cost production. The pressure to improve the quality and costs of services is sparking a constant demand for transportation, storage, communications, planning and control services of products and goods.

The Benefits for Supply Chain and Logistics

Since the consumer base for various products and goods is continuously increasing as global commerce equalizes businesses, companies are pushing for ways to become more efficient by optimizing their supply chains. This in turn creates more job opportunities since supply chains are used as a competitive weapon to meet supply and demand. The need to store products and ship them without wasting valuable resources is increasing due to a rise in innovative technology. These innovative products are typically trendy and the consumer base for them is unpredictable, as is the product’s life span. While functional products rely on market-responsive supply chains whereas innovative products rely on physically efficient supply chains simply because a market-responsive supply chain cannot accurately predict consumer response to an innovative product. Globalization has also made it increasingly difficult to predict demand, so more effective measures have to be utilized. 

The impact of globalization on logistics has yet to be fully realized, but it is clear that competition and traditional business rules will never be the same.

 

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The Importance of Partnerships in the Logistics Industry

by Administrator27. May 2015 11:03

The Importance of Partnerships in the Logistics Industry | The Dependable Companies

 

Partnerships in the logistics industry helps companies achieve a level of performance above what they could achieve on their own. Successful partnerships are a special form of business relationships tailored to encourage openness and trust. Partner companies share risks and in turn share rewards. Effective partnerships comprise a complete logistics system that makes the whole more than the sum of the parts.

Partnership Drivers

Several elements initiate and drive the decision of individual companies to form a partnership or to change the dynamics of an existing partnership. One of the first of these is the partnership drivers. A list of drivers forms the compelling reasons for a company to expand its capabilities through partnering. These can include:

  • Asset/cost efficiencies.
  • Marketing advantages.
  • Customer service improvements.
  • Profit or growth stability.

The strength of these drivers determines the potential of a partnership. The drivers set the expectations of all participants.

Facilitators

Facilitators are the essential ambient factors that nurture partnership growth. Each business relationship has its own set of facilitating factors that influence the long-term success of the venture. The facilitators that measure the ability of partner companies to mesh can include:

  • Compatibility of management philosophy.
  • Perspective of the individual partners.
  • The alignment of corporate cultures.
  • The level of symmetry between the firms.

These facilitators can exist when partner firms share a competitor, have the ability for an exclusive relationship, share a common end user, the firms are located nearby, or that the firms have had a prior relationship.

Outcomes

Partnership drivers set the expectations for the outcomes, in other words, the extent to which the resultant performance meets the initial expectations.  These can be organized into three areas:

  • Specific process outcomes – can include improved reliability or reduced costs.
  • Global performance – leading to profit stability or growth.
  • Competitive advantage – can include a more advantageous market position, increased market share or a stronger market presence.

Partnerships can use feedback from outcomes to evaluate expectations and devise ways to enhance the partnership venture.

 

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Gaining an Advantage with the Help of a 3PL

by Administrator27. May 2015 10:54

Gaining an Advantage with the Help of a 3PL | The Dependable Companies

 

3PL providers are known for providing a wide range of advantages to companies all over the world. Not only do we get to help companies like your do business with greater ease, we can help boost your access to new and expanding markets in many different countries. By cutting down on the amount of time your team spends paying attention to the complexities of shipping and transport, you can focus more energy and resources on doing what you do best.

What Your Time Is Really Worth

Running a business of any size requires many skilled people doing specific tasks every day. Without all hands pulling equally, essential business operations will suffer. However, a great deal of time can be taken up handling the transport of goods. Your team members may not have the training and experience required to do this kind of work but have to out of necessity. Your company’s time is worth more. We can help you win back productivity lost to managing transport concerns.

What Logistics Can Do

A 3PL provider can handle many of the most complex and necessary tasks associated with shipping and transport, including:

    • Density calculations
    • Creating bills of lading
    • Transit calculation estimates
    • Picking up according to schedule
    • Tracking shipments
    • Distribution and warehousing
    • Harbor drayage

Do I Really Need Help?

Many decision makers believe their companies to be running smoothly. Handling many essential shipping logistics in-house makes sense; after all, you get to control every aspect of the process. However, the scope of the services offered by a logistics provider can help you enhance your operations and make them more efficient. 

To explore exactly what a logistics provider can actually do for your organization, simply speak with a customer service associate. You might be surprised to learn at how much more convenient working with a logistics service can be. Your team will be free to focus on other work and essential transport operations will be considerably simplified.

 

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The Role of Omni-Channels in Logistics

by Administrator19. May 2015 09:32

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The idea of omni-channel sounds good in theory and has been noted as the future of customer service. However, not all companies have been able to grab hold of the concept and successfully apply it to their businesses. In an effort to fully understand the importance of the concept within the logistics industry and to implement the concept there are a few things that you should know.

What is Omni-Channel?

Omni-channel can be explained by breaking down its two parts. In short, “omni” means everywhere, and “channel” represents fluidity. When you put the two together you get omni-channel, or a fluidity of information everywhere. In other words, omni-channel looks to connect the customers experience for all products on all mediums.

What is its Role?

In essence omni-channel is meant to make the consumer experience simpler and more fluid. In the traditional sense of business the customer experience is very detached; there is little to know connectivity between products, even if they are related to one another. Not only does connecting these experiences benefit the customer, but it can also help to increase business-consumer relations and increase sales.

What is the Projected Effect?

Though it is not an easy process for most businesses to implement, the projected effects are widely considered worth the effort. Once omni-channel is completely established within businesses it will connect all aspects of a business. As such, it may require greater involvement from companies’ logistics teams at first, but once it is fully implemented it may help to streamline many logistics processes, helping to save resources.

With so much increased connectivity in today’s society, it is easy to see how omni-channel is the new wave of progress in logistics management. For those companies looking to implement the process but do not have the resources, a logistics management firm could be of great assistance. For more information on omni-channel and to customize an option specifically for your company, contact your local firm today.

 

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3PL vs 4PL: What's the Difference?

by Administrator19. May 2015 09:14

3PL vs 4PL: What's the Difference? | The Dependable Companies

 

When you are in a business which requires the shipping and receiving of goods, there are many things you need to consider. One of these things worth thinking about is the logistics of your shipping business. There are two important options to consider for you logistics services. You can choose third-party logistics (3PL) or fourth-party logistics (4PL). What are these services and how can they benefit you?

3PL

3PL is a service provided by a company in order to streamline your supply chain management. They provide warehousing and transportation services for your goods, as well as other services. This means that you will not have to worry about these things. This service also saves you money by providing the service at a flat fee which is lower than what it would cost for you to perform this service yourself. This is a basic form of supply chain management which handles a part of your business so that you are freed up to handle other parts of your company that are much more deserving of your attention.

4PL

This is a slightly more complicated version of logistics. 4PL is when another agency or specialist is brought in to coordinate your 3PL strategy. A 4PL provider is a supply chain management specialist, meaning that they have expertise in the field of coordinating between logistics providers and the people who need them. This means that they provide a comprehensive supply chain solution in order to allow you to do other things. They will control every aspect of your shipping, delivery and storage logistics so that you do not have to worry about any of it.

The logistics of your shipping business is best left to trained professionals who know exactly how to take care of you. 3PL and 4PL can help to provide you and your customers with the expertise and quality you need to achieve success.

 

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Growth Pattern Basics in the Logistics Industry

by Administrator11. May 2015 14:46

Growth Pattern Basics in the Logistics Industry | The Dependable Companies

 

The logistics industry is the little brother of the manufacturing sector. Where manufacturing goes, logistics follows and imitates. To understand the changes in logistics, it is necessary to watch for key trends in manufacturing and observe how goods are positioned in globalized markets.

Economic Policies

As nations attempt to balance their economies against market conditions, they adjust their policies. New monetary strategies change the value of a currency and ultimately impact the overall price of goods purchased from businesses in that country. Sometimes governments attempt to encourage export revenues by providing tax incentives to certain manufacturing firms. A business in a country with relatively low prices will enjoy an advantage over the competition. This leads to a greater demand for logistical services in certain regions.

Trade Agreements

Purely free trade implies that there are no formal trade agreements, but this is a theoretical ideal that rarely ever materializes in practice. The truth is that unrestricted trade is often seen as a threat to domestic businesses. For this reason, trade agreements are used to secure the interests of businesses in two or more nations. For the logistics industry, new trade agreements lead to new routes and the need for additional services. Restricted trade agreements may limit services that were previously offered.

Demand for Goods

Price is not the only driver for growth in the manufacturing and logistics industries. Sometimes, consumer demand works is magic without governments manipulating costs. This can happen as a result of increasing populations or greater access to wealth by existing groups. Emerging economies are starting to demand more and more of the goods and services that have traditionally been popular in developed nations. This has led to an increase in the need to develop transportation and logistics networks in new areas of the world.

International trade has always been essential to peaceful relations between countries. New opportunities can be identified by watching for changes in international manufacturing trends. With the expanding range of the globalized markets, it is important to be aware of the key drivers of growth in the logistics industry.

 

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How a 3PL Provider Helps You Move Goods

by Administrator11. May 2015 14:29

How a 3PL Provider Helps You Move Goods | The Dependable Companies

 

Logistic services are here to make doing business easier, less complicated, and more convenient. We have designed a system of third party logistics that helps your organization do more, no matter where you operate from. As you will see, services like those we provide take the complication out of vital business operations. You can count on logistic services to enhance your reach all over the world.

Secure Transportation and Shipping

The transport of goods, including raw materials and finished products, is one of the most uncertain parts of doing business. This is especially true if you are important goods from other countries.

Some locations require a greater degree of coordination in order to secure reliable and timely shipping. For instance, even though locations like Hawaii and Guam are considered part of the domestic US shipping network, they present particular circumstances that must be skillfully managed in order to secure the correct transport options.

Tracking and accounting for good shipped is an important part of the international shipping logistics handled by third party companies. Selecting a service provider to work with is very important; choose a company with experience and a proven track record of excellence.

Connecting You With Major Centers of Business

As a leading provider of third party logistics services to companies in many different countries, we can connect your organization with important global centers of business, including:

  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Pacific Rim
  • Latin America
  • North America

Connecting securely with ports, harbors, and other transport hubs can be difficult, especially when decision makers are attempting to expand operations into a new market. Working with a partner that is already established in the place you want to be is an important shortcut that can give you an advantage.

The Company You Partner With Makes a Difference

Not only will a third party logistics company help you secure the shipping and transport services appropriate to the goods you want to move, this important business partner can also help you expand into new markets. Look for a company with an established reputation to help you do more.

 

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The Importance of Transportation Management in Your Supply Chain

by Administrator7. May 2015 14:19

The Importance of Transportation Management in Your Supply Chain | The Dependable Companies

 

Managing your supply chain is an incredibly important part of your business. That is why transportation management systems are so important. Within the logistics industry, you could say that transportation is paramount. Without a way to get items from Point A to Point B, the logistics of your shipping business would fall apart. That is precisely why many third party logistics providers offer transportation management as part of their services. What can they do for you?

Optimization

Transportation management services, or TMS, optimize every aspect of your shipping business. They plan routes for delivery in order to make sure that they are the most efficient and cost effective as possible. They optimize the loads in each delivery truck in order to ensure that truck routes do not overlap and all the necessary deliveries are on the correct trucks. This cuts back on cost by eliminating waste and redundancies.

Execution

TMS providers also handle the actual delivery of your goods. You will not have to hire additional trucks or drivers because your logistics company will have their own trucks and delivery professionals. This service is provided in order to streamline the shipping process for you. They come fully equipped with everything they need to get your job done in an efficient and effective manner. 

Order Visibility

When there is visibility in the supply chain, there is accountability. No one gets blamed for other people’s mistakes when TMS providers allow for order visibility. By allowing everyone to know who is responsible for which job, the logistics professionals are clearly defining everyone’s roles so that no one is confused and everyone does what is required. That way nothing gets missed, no jobs go unperformed and no goods go undelivered.

These are only a few of the services provided through transportation management in third party logistics. Basically, they handle most aspects of the actual shipping and delivery of your good to your customers. Letting highly trained professionals handle your goods is always to best choice.

 

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By Air, Land, or Sea

by Administrator7. May 2015 14:10

By Air, Land, or Sea | The Dependable Companies

 

There is not always a simple answer to a logistical problem, but just about every business will need to make use of supply networks at some point. There are advantages and disadvantages associate with each of the three basic means of transportation, and it becomes necessary to focus on the goals rather than the methods. 

By Air

Air freight is initially expensive. Cargo charges are based on the product’s volume, weight, or both. Regardless of the costs, the urgency of demand may still make air freight the best viable option. Lower fuel costs and lean manufacturing trends are currently driving an increased demand for air cargo services. Unlike other methods of transportation, air freight carriers are fast enough to keep up with a smaller volume of rapidly moving supplies. In some instances, these services may become part of a profitable strategy to reduce overall costs. 

By Land

Sustainable practices encourage sourcing supplies from local vendors. When goods can be found in nearby regions that are of sufficient quality, it is often advantages to move the product by truck or rail. Instead of navigating through complicated international trade regulations, many choose to simply buy their supplies domestically. This decreases the amount of international cargo moved by ship. It also puts pressure on existing international logistical networks to work more efficiently and reliably.

By Sea

This is still a perfectly viable option for heavy durable goods and bulk freight items. Many of the products moved in cargo containers over the ocean are not needed as immediately as smaller light weight goods. Ocean going vessels have become much more reliable than ever before, and with the stable global fuel supplies, it is possible to maintain a standard rate of transmission to markets. Shipping containers offer the advantage of simple loading and unloading processes. There is no need to break bulk at the port itself. Containers can be outfitted for transportation by rail or truck immediately after being unloaded from their cargo vessel. 

A thorough examination of a company’s supplier network is necessary to develop a plan that meets its complete logistical needs. Rather than focusing on the cost of logistics, a firm should focus on a systematic solution that incorporates all possible advantages offered by different means of transportation.

 

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The Importance of Complexity in the Logistics Industry

by Administrator5. May 2015 12:45

The Importance of Complexity in the Logistics Industry | The Dependable Companies

 

The service provided by the logistics industry is relatively straightforward -- that is, getting a product from point A to point B. Exactly how that happens, however, is anything but simple. Indeed, in order to deliver goods effectively and efficiently, there are myriad steps and factors involved in the process. Enter complexity, which, in the context of logistics, refers to the intricacies of supplying businesses with materials and shipping out products in an increasingly globalized supply chain. If managed well, complexity can be a valuable asset to a company operating in the field and, consequently, its clients.

Managing Multiple Layers

To better illustrate the role that complexity plays in logistics, take an example of a pallet of specialized equipment that needs to be shipped from the United States to Europe. Delivering the equipment successfully to its end market involves a number of steps and considerations that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Trucking to a port.
  • Warehousing for an indefinite amount of time.
  • Shipment via air or sea.
  • Dealing with applicable tariffs and fees, foreign or otherwise.
  • Third-party delivery to the client.

Each of these elements -- either on their own or combined -- can be a challenge for companies not experienced in supply chain management. Therefore, logistics providers that are poised to handle multiple entities of the process, particularly overseas, will find themselves at a distinct advantage.

Delivering the Goods

Logistics companies skilled in complex supply chain management and economics offer the following attributes:

  • Transportation expertise and know-how.
  • An established list of suppliers.
  • Large distribution center network.
  • Established relationships with partner networks.
  • Harbor drayage capabilities.
  • Multiple company offices, preferably interspersed globally.
  • Staff well-versed in national and international shipping laws.

These attributes demonstrate that complexity in the logistics industry is integral to a company’s ability to provide effective delivery. In fact, in today’s global marketplace, complexity has almost become essential for successful implementation of services. As such, the future of the industry depends on having such an infrastructure in place to seamlessly deliver goods -- including that pallet of specialized equipment -- from one customer to another.

 

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